Legend has it that Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes were created when Paul Bunyan worked his way across the state and left his footprints behind to fill with rainwater.

Paul and his best friend Babe the Blue Ox, stand on the shore of Lake Bemidji. Snap a selfie with the legendary lumberjack and then stroll across the street to downtown Bemidji. Shop for thick wool blankets and lumberjack-inspired clothing, Native American crafts and a variety of souvenirs at the local shops.

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Lake Bemidji State Park is the northern trailhead for Paul Bunyan State Trail. The park is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy a day of swimming, fishing, birdwatching, hiking the Bog Boardwalk or picnicking at one of the lakeside shelters.

Minnesota Landmarks

In 2020, the Lottery celebrated eight uniquely Minnesota Landmarks. The tickets featured Minnehaha Falls and Lake Harriet in the Twin Cities, Canal Park and Gooseberry Falls on the North Shore, Lake Bemidji and Lake of the Woods in Northern Minnesota, Lake Shetek in the Southwest and Lake Pepin in the Southeastern part of the state. 

Each ticket scene was another beautiful reminder of how Lottery proceeds help benefit all areas of Minnesota.